Feds capture South Austin burglary suspect in New Mexico

Gary Whiteis was arrested by US Marshals in Roswell, N.M.
Gary Whiteis was arrested by US Marshals in Roswell, N.M.

ROSWELL, N.M. (KXAN) – – A man suspected of breaking into dozens of South Austin homes was apprehended by US Marshals in New Mexico on Friday.

Gary Calvin Whiteis, 60, was arrested without incident in Roswell around noon after Texas authorities determined he fled there from the Lone Star State.

The Austin-based Lone Star Fugitive Task Force said they handed over their investigation to New Mexico authorities earlier in the week and they were able to track Whiteis down and make an arrest.

Whiteis will remain in the Chaves County Detention Center in Rosewell pending his extradition back to Travis County.

Austin police said Whiteis has a long criminal history and believed he was responsible for six break-ins and may be linked to at least 20 others.

In an interview with KXAN on Jan. 30, authorities said Whiteis was a transient who they believed was using woods and greenbelts in the area as cover. Search dogs and helicopters were also used as part of the department’s search for Whiteis.


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